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PRO14 Wrap – Still no wins for Cheetahs and Kings

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The Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings are still winless after two rounds in the PRO14.

Dragons 27-22 Kings

Although a much improved performance from the Kings they could not get a win over the Dragons on Saturday. It was again a case of not taking the opportunities for the Kings that let them down.

The hosts started the game off on the front foot, with Ollie Griffiths scoring the first try after just three minutes following a break from deep. Aaron Wainwright then added a second 10 minutes later after charging down Masixole Banda’s clearance.

With two conversions and a penalty to their name in addition to the early tries, Dragons led 17-0 after 21 minutes, but their momentum was derailed five minutes later when Rhodri Williams was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on.

After a sustained spell of Kings pressure, Michael Willemse scored in the corner following a lineout maul immediately after the yellow card. Just three minutes later, the South African side added another try through Bjorn Basson, who surged down the touchline from halfway to get the ball down in the corner.

The visitors carried their momentum into the second half, and although the Dragons kept them at bay with some solid defending initially, Godlen Masimla scored in the corner 15 minutes after the break.

Following Banda’s conversion, the scores stayed level until Josh Lewis’ penalty 62 minutes into the game. Four minutes later, Lewis got on the end of an up-and-under from Rhodri Williams and ran all the way to score, extending the lead beyond a converted try.

An 80th minute consolation try from Yaw Penxe came too late for the Kings as they came up just short of their first away win in PRO14 history.

The scorers:

For Dragons:
Tries: Griffiths, Wainwright, Lewis
Cons: Lewis 3
Pens: Lewis 2
Yellow Cards: R Williams

For Southern Kings:
Tries: Willemse, Basson, Masimla, Penxe
Cons: Banda

Ospreys 46-14 Cheetahs

The Cheetahs was outplayed by Ospreys on Saturday going down 46-14 at the Liberty Stadium. The Cheetahs struggled to keep up with Ospreys as they outscored them 7 tries to 2.

The Cheetahs levelled the score at a converted try apiece after Jasper Wiese crashed over in the 18th minute, but another move off a lineout nine minutes later sent George North through a gap in the defence. He was unable to go all the way, but Scott Otten finished off.

North finally got himself on the scoreboard in the 37th minute, finishing off a well-worked move in the Ospreys’ left corner. After a Sam Davies penalty on the stroke of half-time, the hosts went into the break 22-7 up.

It took until the 59th minute for the second half scoring to open, but at last, Alex Jeffries crashed over to secure the bonus point, with the formidable Ospreys lineout once again paying dividends.

Just four minutes later, the Ospreys’ lineout maul took them over for their fifth try, with Justin Tipuric getting the ball down.

69 minutes in, Rabz Maxwane chipped, chased, and went all the way for a superb Cheetahs try on the left, but it proved nothing more than a consolation as the Ospreys lineout maul took Tipuric over again before Jones crashed over to cap off a dominant display.

The scorers:

For Ospreys:
Tries: Wyn Jones 2, Tipuric 2, Otten, North, Jeffries
Cons: S Davies 4
Pens: S Davies

For Cheetahs:
Tries: Wiese, Maxwane
Cons: Schoeman 2

Other PRO14 Scorers:

Connacht 32-13 Zebre

Scarlets 23-21 Leinster

Benetton Rugby 27-25 Cardiff Blues

Log Standings:

 

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